Another federal mandate kicks in Jan. 6, 2020; The Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse.
All drivers who hold either a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) need to register by the deadline before they can respond to employer consent requests or access their driver record in the Federal Motor Carrier AdministrationFMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.
Why is This Required?
The FMCSA is establishing the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. This new database will contain information pertaining to violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) controlled substances (drug) and alcohol testing program for holders of CDLs. The Clearinghouse rule requires FMCSA-regulated employers, Medical Review Officers (MROs), Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs), consortia/third party administrators (C/TPAs), and other service agents to report to the Clearinghouse information related to violations of the drug and alcohol regulations in 49 Code of Federal Regulations, parts 40 and 382 by current and prospective employees.
The Clearinghouse will provide FMCSA and employers the necessary tools to identify drivers who are prohibited from operating a CMV based on DOT drug and alcohol program violations and ensure that such drivers receive the required evaluation and treatment before operating a CMV on public roads. Specifically, information maintained in the Clearinghouse will enable employers to identify drivers who commit a drug or alcohol program violation while working for one employer, but who fail to subsequently inform another employer (as required by current regulations). Records of drug and alcohol program violations will remain in the Clearinghouse for five years, or until the driver has completed the return-to-duty process, whichever is later.
Driver Clearinghouse Requirements
- Provide electronic consent via the FMCSA Clearinghouse to release detailed drug and/or alcohol violation information in your clearinghouse record to a current or prospective employer (when an employer conducts a full query).
- Review their own Clearinghouse record and initiate the process to revise or remove incorrectly entered information.
- Identify a substance abuse professional (SAP) to report on return-to-duty activities (if you have an unresolved drug and alcohol program violation in your Clearinghouse record).
Please visit: https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov to pre-register and be set for compliance by Jan. 6th. It is recommended that all drivers register in advance.
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